Indians love their food and more especially the variety of Indian snacks. One of the many joys of traveling to a large and diverse country like India is its rich culinary culture. The style of cooking in various regions has emerged not only from traditional family secrets but also from influences from the Mughals, Britishers, Persians, and the Portuguese. India is a diverse country, diverse in culture and taste. Everywhere you go, you will taste the variety of food items available in that area. For travelers to this country, food is an integral part of the whole travel experience, so you have to hit the roads to experience the beauty of Indian snacks.
Most healthy Indian snacks are associated with the use of similar Indian spices and these snacks use a much greater variety of ingredients like fresh veggies, meats, and others than any other cuisine. No matter what the weather or situation is, every occasion has a particular snack associated with it. Whether it’s in the evening when you are having your evening tea, when you are outside chatting with friends or when you are indoors in the rainy season, the variety of evening Indian snacks will blow your senses.
Food and hunger go hand in hand. To satisfy the craving for food, to grab that bite that is badly needed during stressful work, to relax and unwind after a hard day’s work with a quick snack, we look at the options that are easily available, delicious. Fortunately in India, there is no shortage of options.
Having said so, let us have a look into some of the tastiest and crunchiest Indians snacks enjoyed all over the country.
A traditional Indian snack originating from Maharashtra, the two soul ingredients are misal, which is a red spicy Indian curry that is made with mung beans and local Maharashtrian spices, it is garnished with coriander leaves, onions & chivda; and Pav – which are Indian bread rolls. Delightful and delicious, this snack can be also eaten for breakfast or lunch.
One of the most popular and flavorful evening Indian snacks, aloo tikki is a specialty in North India. It consists of mashed potatoes (aloo), onions & chilies made into beautiful round croquettes (tikki) and then deep-fried. This dish is garnished with more chopped onions, chilies & coriander leaves.
Kachori or Khasta kachori originated and is a delicacy in the desert state of India, Rajasthan. This is a flaky deep-fried & spicy flattened cutlet made with moong dal & stuffed with peas and sometimes other veggies and spices. Condiments like a mint chutney are served along with these delicious snacks.
Crispy Vegetable Pakoras
Crunchy vegetable pakoras are the kind of snack that are ideal for any event. Loved by all, pakoras are bite-sized spicy tangy treats that are deep-fried and deserved hot with cilantro or tomato chutney.
Kebabs are non-veg mouth-watering snacks that are worth a try. Minced meat marinated in traditional Indian spices and then deep-fried to create a delicacy that is crispy on the outside and melts in the mouth. There are different types of kebabs available in India. The most popular ones are galouti & tangdi Kebabs. These snacks are served with a hint of tamarind or spicy mint chutney and are heavenly.
Dhokla is a vegetarian Indian snack, made from fermented rice & chickpea batter, and spices like chilies and gingers are added to enhance the flavors. While serving dhoklas are garnished with coriander leaves & coconuts and served with a sweet chutney.
Litti Chokha is one of the traditional Bihari healthy Indian snacks that is now loved all over the country. Litti or round balls made with sattu and filled with a spicy and dry filling of sattu, spices, onions & chilies are baked in a tandoor-style oven to get that smoky flavor. It is served hot with chokha which is a mashed potato eggplant curry and loads of ghee. Do try it to satiate your taste buds.
Ghugni chaat is one of the most popularly prepared healthy Indian snacks which is also a crowd favorite street food in Bengal. It is prepared using boiled yellow peas and cooked with ginger, garlic, onions, tomatoes, and other spices to get that tangy fiery taste. Served with coconuts, green chilies, and lemon juice, ghugni is a perfect snack to take when you are outside chilling with friends and family!!!